Late last week, the Senate Finance Committee crafted and sent to the full Senate a package that would extend the mortgage relief provision for an additional year, through Dec. 31, 2013.
The Senate was unable to act on the bill before adjourning for its August break and the party conventions. The Senate reconvenes Sept. 10. Chairman Baucus (D-MT) had hoped to finish this package before the election in order to provide certainty about the extension (or not) of more than 50 provisions. Nonetheless, it is not known if the package also would be considered in the House before the election.
In addition to the mortgage cancellation relief provision, the package also includes a relief provision to limit the impact of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in 2012 and 2013. The 15-year cost recovery for leasehold improvements is renewed (it had expired Dec. 31, 2011) and extended through Dec. 31, 2013. The provision that permits the costs associated with brownfields environmental cleanup was NOT included in this extender legislation.